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A long time Bay Area musician, guitarist/composer Will Bernard first came to prominence through his membership in Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble, whose first record appeared in 1990. Since then he has been involved with a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. He has performed and recorded with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Peter Apfelbaum's various band incarnations, Beth Custer, The Coup, and Midnight Voices to name a few. The most successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose 2nd record for Warner Bros. "If Four Was One" was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. Will released his debut CD as a leader, "Medicine Hat", in 1998 on Verve/Antilles.
Not Necessarily Stoned; Crab Apple Red; Koto; Riddle Me This; What's Left; Parental Guidance; Directions to My House; Hall of Science; Wide Awake; Agro Business; Two Hot Dogs & a Strawberry Soda.
Will Bernard: acoustic and electric guitars, national steel guitar; Devin Hoff: acoustic bass; Ches Smith: drums, percussion. With guests: Ellen Gronningen: violin on "Riddle Me This," "Hall of Science"; Peter Apfelbaum: tenor sax on "Koto"; Jeff Cressman: trombone on "Koto."
January 6, 2006
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